FBI: we can not save the data blocked by viruses



In the case of a computer blocking by malware, requiring a Bitcoin ransom, it is recommended to pay a ransom and tell everything to the FBI.

It is better to pay the ransom rather than risk that the files will be gone forever. That is the advice often given by the FBI, according to Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI's special agent in charge of counterintelligence kiberprograms. He spoke at the Summit on Cybersecurity, held in Boston last week. According Bonavolonty, viruses used to break into computers and file locking, such as Cryptolocker, Cryptowall or Reveton, are too good and FBI could not easily overcome their available resources.

Attacks of virus programs requiring a ransom of Bitcoin, extremely common in recent years. The required amount of redemption is typically from 200 to 10 thousand dollars. In most cases virtual currency Bitcoin is used for the payment of ransom, according to representatives of the FBI, because "it is easy to use, it is available, and provides a high level of anonymity." In June 2015 the FBI estimated the total damage caused to US customers such dangerous software in 18 million dollars.

FBI agent named reasons why sometimes it's better to pay the ransom. Since "the vast majority of institutions pay a ransom," the criminals are getting huge profits and not too inclined to put pressure on their victims. Therefore, in most cases, they requested the amount is relatively small, and the criminals scrupulously fulfill their given word, reopening access to blocked data.

However, as reported Bonavolonta, the FBI is necessary to notify all cases of data lock and demands ransom. Intelligence Organization seeks to trace the development of this type of crime, hoping that one day she would be able to cope with it.




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